Tuesday, June 06, 2006

2004 Lange Pinot Blanc

This was the second wine I had, one red, and now a white.
The Winery: Owned by Don and Wendy Lange two Californians who moved to Williamette Valley Oregon in 1987. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, which should suprise you as Williamette valley is known for producing near Burgundian quality Pinot's. The winemaker is Don Lange who is a former song writer, and actually created 3 albums. They have had the winery long enough that there children are now getting involved and Don's son Jesse is involved in the winemaking process. While known for its Pinot Noirs, it is raising the bar for Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.
The Grape: Pinot Blanc is an interesting variety as it is a genetic mutation of Pinot Grigio which is actually a clone of Pinot Noir. And last but not least the leaf structure is so similar to Chardonnay that there are some vinearyds where the plantins are interminguled at one time there was mis-labeling of grapes as "pinot chardonnay" Overal Pinot Blanc is known for its high acidity and low armoacy. It grows extensively in Italy (maybe why I liked it), Germany and Austria. This is a cold weather white grape.
The Wine: As I mentioned grown in Williamtte valley it weighs in at 13.9% alcohol, opened with an aritificial cork no chance of getting a 'corked' wine here. The color of light straw in the glass. Very Subtle hints of apricots, almonds, and apples in the nose. In the mouth the apples were the most pronounced flavors filled out by a little bit of toastiness, and very crips acidity that balanced the alcohol very well. This to me is a very food friendly wine and one I'd grade a B.

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